Lift-Off Season Awards

Film Festivals | Distribution | Productions


* Nominations for the 2017 Season Awards will be populated here as we move through the Lift-Off Season *

Nominations for Lift-Off Season Awards 2017
coming early January 2018

Nominations. Best Short Live Action Narrative
Soldier Bee Directed by Alex Hardy -- from Seoul Lift-Off 2017
Spaceman Directed by Christopher Oliva -- from Manchester Lift-Off 2017
Game Directed by Jeannie Donohoe -- from Tokyo Lift-Off 2017
Enemies Within Directed by Sélim Azzazi -- from New York Lift-Off 2017
Bad Sheriff Directed by Ben Bernschneider -- from Vancouver Lift-Off 2017

Nominations. Best Short Documentary
The Botanist Directed by Maude Plante-Husaruk -- Seoul Lift-Off 2017
Second Tier City Directed by Matthew Moroz & Xia Han -- Vancouver Lift-Off 2017

Nominations. Best Short Animation
Hipoptamy Directed by Piotr Dumala -- Manchester Lift-Off 2017
Whale Heart Directed by Robert Allen --Tokyo Lift-Off 2017
-Winston Directed by Aram Sarkisian -- New York Lift-Off 2017
Fundamental Directed by ShihChieh Chiu -- New York Lift-Off 2017

Nominations. Best Acting Ensemble 
The Cast of Solder Bee -- Seoul Lift-Off 2017
The Cast of Where the Windmills Are -- Manchester Lift-Off 2017
The Cast of Wraps-- New York Lift-Off 2017

Nominations. Best Actor
Sun Yong Moon for Retriever -- Seoul Lift-Off 2017
Hassam Ghancy for Enemies Within -- Manchester Lift-Off 2017
Nicole Williams for Game -- Tokyo Lift-Off 2017
Rick Fox for Game -- Tokyo Lift-Off 2017

Nominations. Best Screenplay
Enemies Within Directed by Sélim Azzazi -- Manchester Lift-Off 2017
-Winston Directed by Aram Sarkisian -- New York Lift-Off 2017 

Nominations. Best Art Direction 
Hope Directed by Adam A.Losurdo -- Manchester Lift-Off 2017
BREAKER Directed by Philippe Mckie -- Tokyo Lift-Off 2017

Nominations. Best Feature Narrative
Where the Windmills Are Directed by Mads Erichsen -- Tokyo Lift-Off 2017

Nominations. Best Cinematography
Enemies Within DoP. Frederic Serve -- New York Lift-Off 2017

Nominations. Best Music Score
Hipopotamy Directed by Piotr Dumala -- New York Lift-Off 2017
COMMANDO Directed by Robin Goode -- New York Lift-Off 2017

Nominations. Best Post Production 
Stories Upon your Lips Directed by Bastien Bron -- Tokyo Lift-Off 2017
Beautiful Dreamer Directed by David Gaddie -- New York Lift-Off 2017
Contractor 014352 Directed by Simon Ryninks -- Vancouver Lift-Off 2017

Nominations. Best Director
Jeannie Donohoe for Game -- Tokyo Lift-Off 2017
Sélim Azzazi for Enemies Within -- New York Lift-Off 2017

Seoul Lift-Off Film Festival is the first on the new season calendar, launching the ten-city Lift-Off Season in 2017. After this will be at the Berlin Film Festival attending the European Film Market representing some of the films from 2016 and our screenings in Seoul. After Berlin, it's Manchester Lift-Off – where our focus will be on student filmmaking coming head to head with the best of the North of England’s indie film creators and the international market. Then we are off to the Marchè Du Film at the Cannes Film Festival, building our relationships with the key buyers in indie film and discussing production opportunities. Tokyo Lift-Off will follow where we are screening at our Japanese home at the national distributor and cinema chain UPLink in Central Tokyo - New York Lift-Off is next followed by Vancouver at the VIFF, Los Angeles in Raleigh Studios, Amsterdam at LAB 111, Paris, Sydney, London and ending with our Season Awards at Pinewood, all over again.

2017 is the year we look to grow beyond festival screenings and into the world of distribution and production. We care massively for the industry at this level and want to keep building opportunities for the filmmakers we believe in.
We welcome all correspondence and we look forward to meeting all of you in 2017!

– 2016 –

The 2016 Lift-Off Season

Our city-based festivals in 2016 were spread throughout the year in community hubs that we have identified as crucial indie filmmaking locations. We mixed local and international screenings, with Q&A’s, highly attended networking events and workshops. 2016 saw us introduce the First-Time Filmmakers Showcase and our new online initiatives where we invite all films that have scored high outside of our programming the opportunity to have their place on our network via a festival-limited On-Demand platform.

We attended the film markets in Cannes and AFM, with the look to build closer relationships with sales agencies and distributors. Our aim in 2016 was to bridge opportunities between the content we screen and the global market.

We want films that we screen to have the chance of global distribution in 2017 and beyond.

Creating a Pathway to Success

In 2016 we screened over five hundred films, promoting ten films from our online competitions into our live screenings, and taking one film all the way from the First Time Filmmakers Showcase, via London Lift-Off and ending with a best short documentary nomination with our Season Awards at Pinewood Studios.

The evolution of our model continues to grow with the creation of a distribution initiative and original content production arm.

Lift-Off Season Awards 2016

The Lift-Off Season came to its penultimate-conclusion after the final 2016 Lift-Off Showcase, London Lift-Off, back in December – finally concluding in our heavily anticipated Season Awards held from our truly remarkable home at Pinewood Studios in January.

The season awards are held at the end of every Lift-Off Season. It is the main awards ceremony where we congratulate, nominate and award the best the programmes in each Lift-Off of that year had to offer. Always fun, always busy, the Lift-Off Season Awards, although in it’s infancy, has already started to become a heavily anticipated event.

Our Hosts

Our '2016 Season Award' Hosts

Our hosts this year Brian Jordan Alvarez and Stephanie Koenig were surprised to pick up the honour of Best Web Series and then proceeded with the assistance from our Co-Founders Ben Pohlman and James Bradley to read out the nominees and award the winners with the coveted Lift-Off Trophy.

The Lift-Off 2016 Best Web Series Award - The Gay and Wonderous Life of Caleb Gallo.

Brian Jordan Alvarez's first film, 'You Are What I Want' - was one of the very first films we screened at the very first London Lift-Off back in 2011 - it offered a genuine look into a culture rarely exposed yet multi-lived in cities across the world.

Brian and Stephanie's work has gone from strength to strength. You can check out Brian and Stephanie's work via Brian's youtube channel here.

The Lift-Off Global Network Trophy

A work of art combining technology and creativity

The Lift-Off Trophy is a truly one of its kind embodiment of creativity and technology – ‘The essence of true indie cinema’.

3D Printed using a mixture of resins that have been combined with wood and lead – mounted onto reclaimed black marble stone, the trophy has a distinct finish, a heavy-weight, and a fabulous pixelated globe – giving the trophy a retro and modern feel at the same time.

Created by iMakr and designed to such a high quality this trophy truly is a work of art to be cherished – representing global excellence with an independent spirit.

2016 Nominees and Winners

Best Feature Live Action Narrative Nominees
Last Summer (Brazil) by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli
Backroad (Japan) by Hiroya Taka
Autumn Fall (Norway) by Jan Vardøen
My Feral Heart (UK) by Jane Gull

Winner: My Feral Heart

Best Feature Documentary Nominees
The Fighter (South Africa) by Dara Kell & Christopher Nizza.
Ken Foster (Canada) by Josh Lanner
7 Days in Syria (USA) by Robert Rippberger
White Cliffs (Australia) by Georgina Savage

Winner: White Cliffs

Best Web Series
The Gay and Wonderous Life of Caleb Gallo

Best Director Nominees
Jane Gull for My Feral Heart
Hiroya Taka for Backroad
Jan Vardøen for Autumn Fall
Georgina Savage for White Cliffs
Ian Allardyce For Wonderful Flight

Winner: Jane Gull

Best Short Live Action Narrative Nominees
People of the Delta
Happy Dinsdag
The Last Laugh
The Wonderful Flight
Among Sweet Flowers

Winner: Among Sweet Flowers

Best Short Documentary Nominees
Finding Beauty in the Rubble
Bikini Words
The River Man
The Happy Warriors
I Take Photos

Winner: Bikini Words

Best Actor Nominees
Kika Markham for Break
Yuna Shigeishi for Backroad
Steven Brandon for My Feral Heart
Roos Netjes for Happy Dinsdag
Loa Falkman for Lost in Stångby

Winner: Steven Brandon

Best Music Score Nominees
Finding Beauty in the Rubble
Ken Foster
Lost in Stångby
The Trade

Winner: Lost in Stångby

Best Art Direction Nominees
Blue Desert
Shoot in Any Direction and You'll Hit a Bastard
Lost in Stångby
The Parcel
Holes in their Soles

Winner: Blue Desert

Best Post Production Nominees
Lost in Stångby
People of the Delta
The Parcel
The Trade
Holes in their Soles

Winner: The Parcel

Best Cinematography Nominees
People of the Delta
The Parcel
Lost in Stångby
White Cliffs
Holes in their Soles

Winner: People of the Delta

Best Acting Ensemble Nominees
Cast of Backroad
Cast of People of the Delta
Cast of Happy Dinsdag
Cast of The Last Laugh
Cast of The Wonderful Flight

Winner: The Last Laugh

Best Screenplay Award Nominees
Michael Flanks for 'Long Haul to Jordan'
Claire Frances Conway for 'Item Number 3'
Anthony J. Patrick for 'Idol'
CK Larkmouth for 'Taking Everything'
Vanessa Rodriguez 'Happiness Off-Shore'

Winner: CK Larkmouth – Taking Everything.


– 2015 –

Nominations for Seasonal Overall Winner Live Action Narrative
1) The Way of Tea – Marc Fouchard
2) A Complicated Way to Live – Ged Hunter
3) CONTRAPELO – Gareth Dunnet Alcocer
4) AERIS – Tijmen Veldhuize
5) Sty – Árpád Hermán

** Winner The Way of Tea.

Nominations for Seasonal Overall Winner Documentary
1) Francis B. Griffin – Paul Griffin
2) Mr X – Alex Nicholson
3) Tickle the Ivories – Glenn Hanstock
4) Alex-Incomplete Faith – Nikolas Migut
5) A Way of Life – Tian Ji & Adrian Lo

** Winner Alex-Incomplete Faith.

Nominations for Seasonal Overall Winner Music Video
1) Ramona Flowers, Tokyo – Bouha Kazmi
2) Fåån (Valsaland) – Goblin Mikkanen
3) Gabrielle – MORE – Kristoffer Klunk

** Winner Gabrielle – MORE.

Nominations for Seasonal Overall Winner Animation
1) Nine – Wanichaya Phraejunya, Chawalit Kaewmanee
2) The Apple Tree – Scott Storm
3) Let’s be practical – Madison Lovely

** Winner Nine.

Nominations for Lift-Off Season Best Post Production
1) Francis B. Griffin – Paul Griffin
2) The Way of Tea – Coban Beutelstetter
3) Acoustic Kitty – Jennifer Sheridan
4) Sty – Judit Czakó

** Winner Coban Beutelstetter – The Way of Tea.

Lift-Off Season Awards 2015

John Barry Theatre, Pinewood Studios.

Awarding the teams and personalities behind some of the best indie work Lift-Off has showcased in 2015. Voted for by our 2015 Selection Committee, head programmers, and shortlisted by our global audiences.

The Lift-Off Cities provided our long lists, our programming teams shortlisted the nominations, and our selection committee picked the winners. A packed out evening at Pinewood Studios saw hundreds of indie film supporters come out for what was truly a magical night to remember!

Nominations for Lift-Off Season Best Cinematography
1) The Way of Tea – Thomas Collard
2) Ramona Flowers, Tokyo – Ben Fordesman
3) Be Now – Ewan Mulligan
4) CONTRAPELO – Carolina Costa

** Winner Thomas Collard – The Way of Tea.

Nominations for Lift-Off Season Best Art Direction
1) Him Upstairs – Martin McLeod, Gemma Wasley and Dawn Hamer
2) A Complicated Way to Live – Kol Taylor and Jamie Bridson
3) När Tårarna Fallit (When Tears Have Fallen) – Henrik Henziger
4) Sty – Vera Várszegi

** Winner Him Upstairs.

Nominations for Lift-Off Season Best Acting Ensemble
1) Him Upstairs – Gwen Taylor, Ricky Tomlinson, Michelle Butterly, Kieron Richardson
2) The Stomach – Simon Meacock, Ben Bishop, Peter Marinker, Kiki Kendrick, Neil Newbon, Jennie Lathan
3) Cowboy Ben – Sarah Archer, Lindsey Campbell, Paul Dellow, Paul Potter, Shaun Dooley, Billy, James Machin, Carlos Pires, Brian Leaford, Frederick Schmidt, Ramon Tikaram
4) Acoustic Kitty – Ben Willbond, Katherine Ryan, Cristian Solimeno, Andrew Bicknell, David Calvitto, Jeff Fahey
5) Murmur – Lucy Russell, Olivia Morgan, Andrew Squires

** Winner Acoustic Kitty.

Nominations for Lift-Off Season Best Actor
1) Thea Beyleveld – I Want to be Happy Cha Cha Cha
2) Hasam Ghancy – The Way of Tea
3) Magdalena McNab – När Tårarna Fallit (When Tears Have Fallen)
4) Shane Teasdale – A Six and Two Threes
5) Shaun Dooley – Cowboy Ben

** Winner Hasam Ghancy – The Way of Tea.